Our rich history explained.

Swim with Heart was founded in 2010 with the belief that each child, no matter how old, can learn the joy of accomplishment and achievement. We work with our students to find the best way to allow them to confront new challenges and succeed, and those successes in the pool always find a way to show up on land. Our swimmers have wonderful results that are fun, but have value and long-lasting impact on themselves, their families, and the community.

These results are lifelong building blocks to overcome life’s challenges. Each result is unique to each swimmer:

  • Learning to simply blow bubbles helped save the life of a little boy during surgery.
  • The little girl with autism found she could swim like a mermaid.
  • The young girl who seemingly never fit in became part of a team.


Floyd Delfin

Michael Flaherty

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The heart and soul of swim with heart.


The driving force behind our organization

Swim with Heart (SWH) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers year-round swim instruction and competitive team training to Santa Monica and surrounding area residents. Our instructors specialize in breaking through barriers by mentoring swimmers with special needs. For many in our program, learning to swim is their first great achievement. At SWH, our kids learn to replace the words, “You Can’t,” with “Yes, I Can!” Our progressive approach works for everyone.

MISSION: To teach swimming that cultivates courage, community and independence as well as physical and inner strength.

VISION: For every child, especially those with special needs, and their families to have safe swimming skills and healthy lifestyles.


Our positive and individualized approach works for everyone, from complete beginners to confident and competitive swimmers, and our instructors specialize in mentoring swimmers with special needs. We teach life skills inside the pool that cultivate physical and inner strength.

Swimming Expertise

Our innovative instructors work with each swimmer to establish trust and mutual respect, develop courage, learn water safety, and advance swimming skills. Swim with Heart swimmers strive for their best in the pool—and we encourage them as they apply this to all areas of their life.

Transforming lives

We further provide each child and their family with programs and services that present physical activity and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.


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Swim with Heart is raising money for 2021!  With your help, we look to meeting our goal of $50k!


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